YouTube blocked in China

By Sterling “Chip” Camden
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Expanding on its campaign against Internet content that is Illegal and Harmful, the Chinese government’s gatekeepers of the Web have now blocked YouTube.

While many around the globe might agree that much of what you find on YouTube may be harmful to the brain, this move by China seems to focus specifically on the class of “harmful” material that “hinders national security and unity”.  Not to fall into the fallacy of correlation implies causation, but I’m not the only one who is just a little suspicious about the fact that this clog in the YouTubes coincides with a condemnation by the Chinese news agency Xinhua of a video on YouTube that allegedly shows Tibetans being beaten by Chinese security forces during protests last year.  According to an official quoted by Xinhua, the video was doctored in order to put the blame on the Chinese government instead of the protesters, who were really the cause of the violence.

While most of the rest of the world thinks of the Dalai Lama as a peaceful leader in exile, the official view in China is that he hides behind a facade of non-violence while inciting the same in Tibet, in an attempt to achieve Tibetan independence and restore the old feudal system.  They paint the latter as a theocracy with serfdom, diametrically opposed to Democratic Reform.

Maybe it’s just me, but I have a hard time believing any talk of “democracy” from a government that suppresses the free expression of ideas.  Whom do you believe?

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